Required Elements How It Works

Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements

At the Kickoff Event we will announce a character, a prop and a line of dialogue just a few minutes before the Official Filmmaking Period begins.

These elements must be included in your film.

The elements will vary from city to city, but in each location ALL teams will have the same required elements. It's up to each team to decide how to integrate them into their own film. Teams compete for most creative use of these elements.

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Examples of Previous Characters

Charles or Charlotte Greenwich, Trainer Chicago, Illinois 2012

Sam or Samantha Tuomi, Caterer Greensboro, North Carolina 2009

The Fox or The Vixen , Professional Pick-Pocket Brisbane, Australia 2012

Rami - رامي or Rula - رولى Younes, Book Collector - هاوي\حاوية او مجمع\مجعة الكتب Amman, Jordan 2012

Examples of Previous Props

a bunch of keys Nairobi, Kenya 2013

A pen - قلم Cairo, Egypt 2013

a roll of toilet paper Cincinnati, Ohio 2008

a deck of cards Buffalo, New York 2014

Examples of Previous Lines

Watch and learn. Madison, Wisconsin 2012

I don't have a clue. San Francisco, California 2012

It's probably easier than it looks. Houston, Texas 2014

It's never going to be the same. Portland, Maine 2008

Required Line

The required line of dialogue must be heard or seen - it may be written. It may be in a foreign language; however if it is not clear that this is the required line, it should be translated.

Required Character

The required character does not have to be the star, but we must actually see him/her on the screen. Name tags, etc. are not necessary so long as the audience can infer who he/she is.

Required Prop

The required prop must be seen, and it should be used in your film in some way.

Adherence to Assignment

Did you know judges base part of their scores on a film’s adherence to assignment? This refers to the genre and required elements.

Elements in Credits Do Not Count

The required elements must appear in the story of your film. Use of the elements only in the end credits will NOT fulfill the requirement.

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